The Complete Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith

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Author: Oliver Goldsmith

Of the Death of the Right Hon. *

YE Muses, pour the pitying tear
For Pollio snatch’d away;
O! had he liv’d another year!—
’He had not died to-day’.

O! were he born to bless mankind, 5
In virtuous times of yore,
Heroes themselves had fallen behind!—
’Whene’er he went before’.

How sad the groves and plains appear,
And sympathetic sheep; 10
Even pitying hills would drop a tear!—
’If hills could learn to weep’.

His bounty in exalted strain
Each bard might well display;
Since none implor’d relief in vain!— 15
’That went reliev’d away’.

And hark! I hear the tuneful throng
His obsequies forbid,
He still shall live, shall live as long!—
’As ever dead man did’. 20

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Chicago: Oliver Goldsmith, "Of the Death of the Right Hon. *," The Complete Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in The Complete Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed February 7, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=84U73E1P4Q4NPEK.

MLA: Goldsmith, Oliver. "Of the Death of the Right Hon. *." The Complete Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in The Complete Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 7 Feb. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=84U73E1P4Q4NPEK.

Harvard: Goldsmith, O, 'Of the Death of the Right Hon. *' in The Complete Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, The Complete Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 7 February 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=84U73E1P4Q4NPEK.